Episode 274 – Andrew Barron – ZL3DW

Andrew Barron, ZL3DW, is an active ham, loves to discover what’s new in ham radio, and is the author of four amateur radio books, one on SDR or software defined radio, and 3 user guides on the latest Icom transceivers.  In addition, we discuss the Russian Sputnik ham satellites and amateur radio’s diversity in this QSO Today. ​

Andrew Barron, ZL3DW Resources:   

QTH: Christchurch,  New Zealand

First License:
Age 18, ZL3THZ, Technician “T” call

Favorite operating mode:
  contesting and rag chewing on SSB

Favorite contest: 
Oceania DX Contest 

Favorite ham radio HF antenna:
SteppIR because it has all of the bands


Phil Harmon, VK6PH

Current Rigs: 

Other Rigs: 

“No kids, no lids”
Christchurch Amateur Radio Society ZL3WH
Amateur radio VHF AM 
CQ Worldwide Contest 
RTTY – radio teletype
New Zealand Amateur Radio Field Day
New Zealand Amateur Radio National Repeater Network
Job description: telecommunications tendering manager
Adam Farson’s, AB4OJ,  Icom Website
2011Christchurch, New Zealand Earthquake
Amateur Radio Emergency Corp, New Zealand
Liquefaction – ground bubbling up
SDR. Software Defined Radio
PowerSDR Software 
Discrete Fourier Conversion 
Rohde and Schwarz Protocol tester 
Racal Dana frequency counter
Bodner GPS reference clock
Linear transponder satellite
Es’Hail Satellite
Ham cram licensing
Ham radio electronic build-a-thon
FT8 digital mode

Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now: Aging ham population 

Most excited by: So many things in ham radio, including: 
SSTV – slow scan television
EME or Moon bounce
Emergency Response
SDR, software defined radio

Advice to new or returning hams: Get involved with a local club, and don’t spend a lot of money

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Icom IC-7610 HF Transceiver
Icom IC-9700 VHF/UHF Transceiver
Apache Labs Anan HF SDR Transceiver
Softrock SDR Transceiver

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